Electrician Schools and Training in New York
Are you considering a career as an electrician? If so, you're in the right place! We've put together the "Ultimate Guide" on how to start your career and begin making an excellent living as an electrician in New York. We've compiled info about training, licensing, and salary, as well as apprenticeships in your area.
There's a lot you need to know, so let's jump right in.
How To Become An Electrician In New York
Getting your start as an electrician can be a little confusing, because there are a couple of different ways that New Yorkers enter the trade. For the most part, though, people do one of two things: they either go to one of the electrician schools in New York, or they get accepted into an apprenticeship program and receive their training on-the-job.
Both options provide an excellent way into the profession, but they're slightly different. Let's take a look at those differences, and see which path is right for you.
New York Electrician Schools
There are many tech schools and community colleges that offer training for future electricians, and they create a safe environment for students to learn how to work with electricity. Students learn to:
- Plan the wiring for commercial buildings and residential buildings;
- Make sure all wiring installed meets safety codes;
- Place the pipes and tubing that contain electrical wiring (called conduit) behind walls and concealed areas;
- Inspect wiring that other electricians have installed, and make sure that it's up to code;
- Maintain electrical systems in factories and industrial centers;
- Diagnose systems and components that are malfunctioning;
- Use various meters and gauges to determine how much electricity is present in a circuit or system;
- Coordinate with other trade professionals when constructing new buildings; and
- Safely work with high-voltage wiring and cables.
There's a lot else you'll learn, but that's a broad outline.
Training As An Apprentice
Apprenticeships are a form of training that pairs inexperienced electricians with experienced ones. The inexperienced electricians receive on-the-job training from the experienced electricians over the course of four to five years, and by the end of the apprenticeship, they're fully trained and able to teach apprentices of their own. There is some classroom learning involved, but the great majority of training is done OTJ ("on the job").
Apprenticeships are a tried-and-true method of training, and the best part of apprenticeship work is that apprentices are paid for every hour on the job, and they receive an increase in pay every year they're in the program. By the time they're finished with the apprenticeship, they earn almost as much as a licensed electrician.
Which Training Is Right For Me?
Both options will provide the training needed to get you on the jobsite. But which is the better option? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Advantages Of An Apprenticeship: You'll earn more as you work, and it won't cost you very much. The training you'll receive will fully prepare you for your career, and the hours you work will usually count towards your electrician license.
Disadvantages Of An Apprenticeship: They can be difficult to get! Very often, there is an entrance exam that tests electrical knowledge and skills, followed by multiple rounds of interviews, and then, if you've passed all that, there can be a waiting period of anywhere from a few months to a few years.
Advantages Of An Electrician School: You can start right away (or at the start of the next semester), and upon graduation, if you can find a job, you'll be able to enter the workforce as an electrician's helper or assistant and start earning money.
Disadvantages Of Electrician School: School ain't free! Many students have to borrow money to attend classes, and some schools can be very, very expensive. Also, the credits you'll receive from some electrician schools won't count towards any kind of license, so that's something you'll want to ask every institute you visit.
The best strategy is to learn about each of your options. Contact schools in your area, and find out if they're a good fit for you (and always ask how much the price tag will be!). Contact apprenticeship officials and get a feel for your chances of being accepted. When you figure out what choices you actually have, you'll be able to make an informed decision.
This isn't necessarily something you need to decide on right now, but it's something to keep in mind. As you progress through your career, you'll want to become a licensed electrician. Electricians with a license make a great deal more than non-licensed electricians, and they have much better benefits and job security. Getting licensed is definitely the way to go.
Most states offer a few different electrician licenses that people can acquire. New York, however, offers only a master electrician license. You can attain that through an apprenticeship or by going to school, graduating, and getting on-the-job experience.
There is a long list of requirements you'll have to meet, so be sure that as you work and gain experience, you're moving closer to acquiring your Master Electrician license. Again, this isn't something you'll need to worry about right now, but just keep in mind as you move forward.
Electrician Salary In New York
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is one of the fact-finding agencies of the U.S. government. Among their many functions is gathering data related to jobs and employment.
According to their latest surveys, tradespeople in New York made the following salaries:
|New York||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in NY||$26.75||$55,630|
The numbers show that of the trades sampled, licensed plumbers earn one of the highest incomes, at just over $70,000 per year, with licensed electricians right behind them, at just under $70,000 per year. That is a fantastic living, especially when compared to the average of all occupations in New York state, which is $55,630. That means that the average electrician earns $14,190 more than the average New Yorker (or, as a percentage, 25.51% more).
Here are some other interesting facts about the data:
- Electricians earn, on average, $15,890 more than heating/ventilation/air conditioning laborers, and $21,900 more than construction workers;
- Electricians in New York are the third-highest paid electricians in the United States---only electricians in Illinois and Alaska earn more; and finally
- Something we need to add: these figures are averages, so there some trade workers who earn less, and some who actually earn more. You own income will vary depending on how hard you're willing to work, the area of New York you live in, and the technical specialty that you decide to focus on.
Lastly... $69,820---not too bad!
Electrician Schools and Training in New York
In the section below, you'll find a full list of electrician schools in New York. After that, we've included a complete list of apprenticeships in the Empire State. Contact each of the programs in your area, and keep a tally of your opportunities.
Note: Many of the schools we've listed below are BOCES schools. "BOCES" stands for "Board of Cooperative Educational Services," and it is an organization of teaching facilities specific to New York state. We've included all BOCES electrical programs below, so if you're interested in going to an electrician school, take a look below to see if there is a BOCES program near you and give them a call to find out the different locations where you'll be able to take classes. One quick note: BOCES schools are not available in heavily-populated areas such as New York City, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo, but there are plenty of other educational options available in those areas.
One other thing: There are a number of for-profit electrician schools in New York state, including TCI, Ridley Lowell, Apex Tech, Electrical Training Center, etc. Many people have gone to these schools, and are very pleased with their training they've received. However, some of those schools are VERY expensive, so if you are interested in attending a for-profit school, do your research and make sure you're not over-paying for your education. The research may be a little bit tedious, but it can save you quite a bit of money! We've written a couple of posts about what's an OK amount spend on an education, so be sure to check those out. They could save you a loooooot of money.
Electrical Schools in New York
Alfred State College — Tech College
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
Broome-Tioga — BOCES
435 Glenwood Rd.
Electrical Schools in Brooklyn, NY
New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton
34 Cornell Dr.
Questar III BOCES
10 Empire State Boulevard
Castleton, New York 12033
State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi
454 Delhi Drive
Wilson Technological Center — Adult Education Office
17 Westminster Avenue
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services — BOCES
41 O’Connor Road
Fairport, NY 14450
Lewis County BOCES — Howard G. Sackett Technical Center
5836 State Route 12
Glenfield, NY 13343
Goshen (Amy Bull Crist) Campus
53 Gibson Road
Goshen, NY, 10924
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
2805 State Highway 67
Johnstown, NY 12095
(518) 736-FMCC (3622)
Orleans / Niagara BOCES
4232 Shelby Basin Road
Medina, New York 14103
Delaware / Chenango / Madison / Otsego BOCES — Chenango Campus
6678 County Road 32
Norwich, NY 13815
Champlain Valley BOCES — Mineville
3092 Plank Road
Mineville, NY 12956
Champlain Valley BOCES — Plattsburgh
1585 Military Turnpike Extension
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Clinton Community College
136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
5 BOCES Road
53 Pendell Rd.
Career and Technical Education Center — BOCES
3589 Big Ridge Road
Spencerport, NY 14559
Irvin E. Henry Education Campus — OCM BOCES
6820 Thompson Road
Syracuse, NY 13211
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-4822 (HVCC)
Madison-Oneida — BOCES
4937 Spring Road
Verona, NY 13478
Jefferson County BOCES — Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center
20104 NYS Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601
65 Parrott Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
Potter Career & Technical Center — BOCES
705 Potter Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center — BOCES
1196 Prospect Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
200 BOCES Drive
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Union Apprenticeship Programs in New York
(JATC = Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee)
JATC of Binghamton
24 Emma Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
JATC of Central New York
4566 Waterhouse Road
Clay, NY 13041
JATC of Local 139 in Elmira
508 College Avenue
Elmira, NY 14901
JATC of the Hudson Valley
67 Commerce Drive South
Harriman, NY 10926
JATC of Geneva and Local 840
Geneva, NY 14456
JATC of Nassau and Suffolk Counties
370 Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
JATC of Ithaca
134 Cecil A. Malone Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
JATC of Local 106 and Jamestown
322 James Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
The Tri-City Training Program
428 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY 12110
JATC of Niagara County
8803 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
JATC of Local Union #41
3546 California Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
JATC of Rochester
470 West Metro Park
Rochester, NY 14623
JATC of Watertown
25001 Water Street
Watertown, NY 13601
JATC of Westchester and Fairfield
200 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605